James H. Kavanagh says of ideology, "in order even to assure the continuity of its mode of producing material wealth, every society must first assure the reproduction of these class relations themselves." There were four such important ideologies Columbus and his crew brought to the Americas: an economic ideology; racism; Christianity; and an ideology of imperialism (308).
By 1492, the Age of Exploration had begun in Europe and people were willing to risk their lives for God, glory, and gold. Columbus is one of those such people who fully believed that he could profit from the discovery of a western water route to Asia. With the financial backing he received from Spain he is able to set sail toward the west. In October 1492, Columbus lands in the America's where he is greeted by the native people, whom he refers to as Indians, because he thinks he landed on islands near Asia. Somewhat fascinated by these people Columbus never forgets his main goals and claims the island for the nation of Spain and begins to inquire about gold: "I was attentive to find out if there was any gold; and I saw that some of them wore a little piece hung in a hole that they have in their noses."
Columbus, however, was unable to consciously respect the Indians as a content culture. The first thing Columbus mentions of the Indians is, "they saw naked people and the Admiral went